Agusti Charles

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Agustí Charles Soler
Born(1960-07-12)12 July 1960
Manresa, Spain
Years active2000-now

Agustí Charles Soler (born 12 July 1960)[1] is a Spanish-born composer and scholar.[2]


Born in Manresa (Province of Barcelona), he began his music studies at an early age.[3] His first works in composition date back to the 1980s, under the guidance of his first composition teachers: Miquel Roger, Albert Sardà and Josep Soler. Later he studied with Franco Donatoni, Luigi Nono and Samuel Adler, as well as working with other composers and conductors including Joan Guinjoan, Cristóbal Halffter, J.R. Encinar and Ros Marbà.[3]


His work Seven Looks, inspired by the poems of García Lorca was awarded the 2003 prize of the Association of Spanish Symphonic Orchestras (AEOS) and has been played by a number of Spanish and German orchestras in the 2004 and 2008 seasons.[4] His first opera La Cuzzoni, esperpent d’una veu, was premiered in October 2007 at the Darmstadt Staatstheater in Germany.[5] Recently, in 2008, the Italian Stradivarius Records Co. a recording which includes his orchestral work, played by the Orchestra of the Community of Madrid and directed by José Ramón Encinar. In 2010, The Tritó Records Company compiled a release in conjunction with the Symphonic Orchestra of Barcelona and National of Catalunya, directed by Jaime Martin.[6] In March 2011 the premiere of his second opera, Lord Byron: a summer without summer,[7] took place in the Staatstheater of Darmstadt, Germany, while it was staged again in Barcelona the following year.[8] The libretto is by Marc Rosich with stage direction by Alfonso Romero Mora. On August 2012, the premiere of his third opera Java Suite, took place in the Perelada Festival (Girona, Spain).[9]


He is also author of texts and books related to musical composition and analysis, among them: "Análisis de la música española del siglo XX (2002)", "Dodecafonismo y serialismo en España" (2005), Colección Instrumentación y orquestación clásica y contemporánea (5 vols) (2005-2012).[10]

Charles currently teaches composition at the Catalonia College of Music in Barcelona.[2]


  1. ^ "MulesRasch Listing" Bio listing his date of birth. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Teachers of the Department of Theory, Composition and Conducting". Lists of people in the department. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Bio" Biography on the official website (English version). Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  4. ^ "History of the prize" Listing of previous prize winners, Charles is listed as Charles Augustine Soler under the second edition of the composition prize. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Staattheater Listing" Archived 19 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine Description on the Darmstadt Staatstheater of the opera in German. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Record company official blog" Archived 19 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine Listing on the Trito website of the album. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Staatsstheater Document (english)" Detailed file explaining the rationale of the composition together with a CV. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  8. ^ Irurzun, Jose M. "Meet Lord Byron, Deviant: Agustí Charles' New Opera in Barcelona". Seen And Heard International. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Listing" Details of the performance on the Òpera de Butxaca website. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  10. ^ "El Argonauta listing" Details on works published listed on the website of a specialist music bookshop. Retrieved 14 August 2014.